So let us begin!
At the beginning, there's the idea. In the case for this illustration, it was this little thumbnail:
I tend to do a bunch of thumbnails like this every once in a while, to get ideas down quickly or to generate some ideas in the first place. In the case of this image it was the latter.
The great thing of thumbnailing like this is that you can interpret it in many different ways and even generate several images out of it.
The basic idea I got in this case was a little person sitting on a rock with a fishing rod in hand, fishing in a pond. I played around with this idea, developing it further and settled on the following:
A character, humanlike, fishing s…